Regeneration is a mindset in which we intentionally strive to create a positive return amongst a larger community. This mindset helps guide our daily actions and decision-making by considering relationships within complex ecosystems to enrich all stakeholders involved. More than an approach to managing land, a regenerative lifestyle is something that is deeply encoded into how we interact with business partners, friends, and most importantly, family.
Just as complex as managing a multi-species ranch, building a strong and thriving family can equally feel overwhelming, chaotic, and challenging. The patience, understanding, and love required to achieve high-functioning relationships with our relatives is not only superhuman at times but often neglected and unprioritized in the wake of everything else happening within our modern lives.
What I have found to be most helpful in applying a regenerative mindset within my family is to have everyone recognize and celebrate that together we are an inseparable ecosystem. Consistent with Mother Nature's wisdom, to build a healthy and thriving family ecosystem, it is important to realize that our attitude and actions towards the community greatly impact the dynamics within our group. If we are combative we are constantly opposing the collective needs of the group. On the contrary, when we are collaborative, we can enrich the individual needs within our tribe and indirectly elevate our collective experience.
As with Mother Nature, we will always lose when we approach relationships in a combative manner. Communities can only thrive and become more resilient with collaboration, synergism, and mutualism.
As a father of two beautiful daughters and one amazing wife, I am just a fraction of the living energy within our household. Through respect, patience, and collaboration, we are constantly working towards the foundation for building a house of love and kindness. Similar to what we have witnessed with the ecosystem at our ranch, as time passes our family unit is continually uplifted by the virtuous cycle of regeneration. As with all relationships that are built on love, we recognize that there is no limitation to our capacity and we look forward to celebrating life together. May you and your loved ones embrace a regenerative approach to your community.